Dismantling the roller reefing

It’s been a quiet month leading up to Christmas but I bought Home the mizzenmast and the forestay complete with all the roller reefing equipment to do some maintenance. At over 12 m in length it stuck out in front of the truck along way and stuck out behind a long way too. 

I have recently discovered after much on line research that the roller reefing system is a Furlex B which is about as old as the boat.  It’s a little bit bent and needs lots of Tlc and grease but will be fine ( I hope). 

Fortunately the instruction manual is online and with a call to some rigging specialists I discovered The way to free it up. 

Basically you heat the lowest part of the gear with a blowtorch and then hit it as hard as you can with a club hammer. It was really that simple and now when I get a moment I shall take the little sections apart and store them until we put the mast back up. 

The working bit. I need to save this as to replace it is £2000!!!!
Ready for dismantling

Decks on!

Progress of sorts

The main mast step is back in place hooray. However we are remodelling the interior by removing a central bulkhead to provide for a full size double bed and cabin. Sorry Alan. It was quicker to take out than put in. 

Front deck oh so nearly there

Well Carrie and I got all but the last panel in on Monday and today Ade and I were fitting the last sheet along with the side decks. 

We started by sealing the hull to deck joint along the back and right sides and then fitted the first of the right side panels. However the 40mm bolts that I had were 10mm too short so we just could not finish. Frustrating it is.

The new decks are really smooth as Rusty found out when he tried walking on them and nearly slipped off but fortunately I caught his collar and hauled him back. No Toe rails means there is nothing stopping you. 

Deck panels in place

Another red letter day. Two of the deck panels are in place with two more ready to put in tomorrow morning. What a way to celebrate son Chris’s 31st birthday. 

They have been screwed, glued, sealed and sanded. They are never coming off. 

Happy birthday Chris 

Hull/deck joint sealed

Hooray 3M5200 sealant all injected and bolted down. First reason for leaks is cured – we hope. 

Wedges

You know how some people keep things ” just in case”. Well here is a great example of why such a philosophy is important. 

Many years ago I laid a new floor at cherry tree farm – one of those floating ones that are so the rage. I bought a pack of wedges to keep it in place as it is laid and then I put them in the garage convinced that one day they would be useful. 

Well here they are keeping the hull and deck apart while I clean out the roots and old rubbish that has gradually filled the gap and allowed the water to get in. Tomorrow the sealant goes in and the two parts are bolted together. 

I’ll put them back in the garage later.   Just in case.